Employment for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is expected to increase 22% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many of our graduates are hired by the organizations where they completed their practicums and internships. Our alumni work for employers such as behavioral health systems, geriatric centers, rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment programs, school districts, private practices, outpatient clinics, crisis centers, and residential treatment centers.
Required Curriculum (60 credits)
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
COUN 618 Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues (3)
GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)
GEN 501 Human Development (3)
COUN 604 Group Counseling (3)
COUN 614 Substance Abuse Education (3)
COUN 641 Assessment for Counselors (3)
COUN 691 Practicum in Counseling (3)
COUN 640 Diversity Counseling (3)
COUN 601 Counseling Skills and Techniques (3)
COUN 600 Research & Program Evaluation (3)
COUN 606 Family Counseling (3)
COUN 630 Crisis Intervention and Trauma (3)
COUN 692 Internship in Counseling I (3)
COUN 602 Theories of Counseling (3)
COUN 608 Psychopathology (3)
COUN 609 Career Counseling (3)
COUN 693 Internship in Counseling II (3)
COUN 599 Comprehensive Examination (0)
Practicum and Internship Experiences
In your last year in the program, you will participate in a practicum and internship, typically in the same setting. Twice a year, internship students share their experiences and tips for finding the right setting and client age group for your professional interests. You may choose from settings such as psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, addiction treatment centers, veterans administration facilities, and correctional facilities.
Your 100-hour practicum experience allows you to practice working with clients under supervision, usually for at least 10 hours per week. Our faculty provides training to your on-site supervisors so that they are well equipped to support you as you begin your work.
Your two internships, totaling 600 hours, provide in-depth counseling experience with on-site, faculty, and peer supervision. You will spend approximately 22-25 hours/week at your internship setting.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon program completion, successful students will demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the clinical mental health counseling community, including:
- Understand and apply ethical and legal standards within the context of professional counselor roles, responsibilities, and identity.
- Awareness, knowledge, and skills to implement the multicultural and social justice counseling competencies within a counseling context.
- Understanding and application of human development across the lifespan and its significance for counseling relationships and strategies.
- Understanding of career development and the interrelationships among related life factors including work, well-being, mental health, relationships, and other life roles through the use of theories, assessment, and career resources.
- Counselor characteristics, behaviors, interviewing, techniques, and counseling skills that influence the helping relationship.
- Understanding of the dynamics, strategies, and conditions associated with group work effectiveness.
- Competent use of assessment relevant to diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders and conditions, academic/education, career, personal, and social development.
- Understand how to critique research to inform counseling practice and demonstrate competent use of research methods, needs assessment, and program evaluation skills important to the counseling profession.
- Comprehensive case conceptualization and use of effective counseling skills within a theoretical framework in the context of clinical mental health counseling.
- Assessment, case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning skills that utilize developmental and multicultural knowledge within the context of clinical mental health counseling.
Counselor Certification & Licensure
The National Counselor Examination is offered on campus every year in April and October.
Each state has different processes and requirements for obtaining a counseling license. You will need to pass your state’s licensure exam and complete the required number of post-graduate supervised hours in order to be fully licensed. Learn more about national certification and state licensure for counselors.
CACREP Statistics for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates
|Number of Graduates||41||55||24||32||33||37|
|LPC Examination Pass Rate||100%||95%||81%||92.3%||87.5%||72%|
|Job Placement Rate*||64%||80%||91%||84%||92.5%||82%|
|*Alumni were asked via survey if they were employed in the field, and employment rates for each year were calculated based on the subset of alumni who responded, excluding those who did not respond. Approximately 57% of 2021-2022 program graduates responded to the survey. The employment outcomes of non-responding alumni are not yet known.|
Department of Psychology and Counseling Faculty
Please submit the required application materials. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program holds group interviews as a part of the admissions process. Once your application is complete, you will be notified of your interview date and time, as well as provided a virtual interview link.
“Immaculata’s program helped to prepare me for my job by educating me in different areas of the mental health field. I learned how to put theories and therapeutic styles into practice through watching videos and engaging in role-playing and classroom discussions and then trying out different theories and techniques in internship and practicum. I found what theories fit me and created my own style of therapy that feels authentic to my values and beliefs and also allows me to help clients in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.”
Just the facts
Job Placement Rate (2021)
Hours of hands-on counseling experience
High job growth 2021-2031 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Grounded in IHM tradition and charism since 1920.
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